Royal Roads University visit 2017

Director's ActivitiesI spent July, August, and much of September 2017 teaching a graduate seminar at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, Canada, as part of their Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication (MAIIC) for the third time (see prior posts for the first and second visits to RRU). This year the course was IICS 630: Advanced Research Methods, with students from Canada, China, Greece, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, and the Ukraine. My thanks to Juana Du, program head of the MAIIC, for again inviting me to her beautiful campus to work with an incredible group of students!

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Ling Chen visited campus to give a guest lecture while I was in residence. She, Juana, and I went to Butchart Gardens, justifiably one of the major tourist spots in Victoria. This year I also was able to meet with Jan Bavelas, retired from the University of Victoria, and several of her former students, now research assistants.

Also while in Victoria, I connected with two my former students, Min He and Akari Takenishi. Min served as Assistant to the Director for 6 months, and both of them have translated Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Another of my 2016 students, Yan Qiu, has also translated some of the Key Concepts.

While at Royal Roads, I connected with a number of faculty and staff across a variety of programs, from Interdisciplinary Studies to Global Management, from the Centre for Teaching & Educational Technologies to Tourism & Hospitality Management. I look forward to maintaining connections with many of them.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue[at]gmail.com

Akari Takenishi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAkari Takenishi has recently completed a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University in Canada. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography, focusing on the cultural and social aspects of Geography at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying multiculturalism in Canada. Examining her personal experiences as an international student from Japan, she wrote about the influences of multiculturalism on self-representation of identity in society. While completing her Master’s, she also served as research assistant for a study examining the impacts of social media on higher education.

Akari Takanishi photoAkari has served as an interpreter and translator, believing that the power of knowledge is limitless and translation is one of the most influential ways to make knowledge reach a greater audience. She has translated several TED talks into Japanese, including:

  • “You don’t need an app for that” By Toby Shapshak
  • “Don’t insist on English” By Patricia Ryan
  • “How to air-condition outdoor spaces” By Wolfgang Kessling
  • “Learning from Sherman the shark” by Jim Toomey
  • “The economic injustice of plastic” by Van Jones

Having grown up in a small village in Japan, she appreciates nature and enjoys growing plants. She became involved in her family tea farm as a distributor dealing with a local tea shop in Canada. Her life has brought her unexpected opportunities and excitement and she feels fortunate to be surrounded by friends, family and mentors who support her personal life as well as academic pursuits. Her academic interests include:

  • Designing a platform where small farmers around the world can share their knowledge and experience with sustainable farming methods, resource management, and reliable market building.
  • Investigating the role of eco-politics in international relations and how it challenges international relations theory in global environmental conflicts.
  • Investigating the academic language proficiency of international graduate students studying in North America and the accuracy of scores of English proficiency tests in portraying academic language skills.

Akari is currently increasing her translation skills, focusing on articles and journals related to intercultural communication and competence. She would like to connect with any individuals or groups who share similar academic interests to discuss future projects and opportunities. As a recent graduate, she is excited to share her knowledge and skills, and learn more from others, hoping that she can be a part of a positive change for a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

Yan Qiu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesYan Qiu is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communication program at Royal Roads University in Canada, and is now a teaching assistant at RRU. Her professional experience includes working at a language arts training center, and as a teacher in China, and helping to prepare students applying to Chinese universities. Yan has also worked in television in China, with experience in improvisational oral expression, talent performance, language skill and broadcast phonation techniques in Mandarin; as a result, she is familiar with the operation of the Chinese media industry, and television production. Currently she manages the official Facebook pages for the Canada Youth Robotics Club, and Sager Education in Canada, managing both social media sites and editing videos.

Yan QiuYan’s areas of interest include Communication and Media, Intercultural Communication, Film, Second Language Acquisition, and Applied Linguistics. She has studied media development in ancient China and China today, the management pattern and political trends in the Chinese media industry, as well as Chinese scholarship in communication and media theory today.

Yan has traveled not only in China, Canada, and the United States, but also Cuba, Russia and Korea. Her goal is to promote cultural diversity, cross-cultural understanding and second language acquisition through travel and applied approaches.

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Royal Roads U Job Ad: Interdisciplinary Studies (Canada)

Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC, Canada) is seeking applications for a full-time faculty member in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.  The successful candidate will join the Doctor of Social Sciences program and bring applied and theoretical expertise in quantitative social science methods to the program.  The successful candidate may also teach social science methods courses in other university programs.

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is the first degree of its kind in North America.  It approaches the study of complex problems within an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary framework.  The program design brings the research intensity of a traditional doctorate to an applied, professional focus. It responds to the growing demand nationally and internationally for scholar-practitioners who can provide intellectual leadership in the workplace and help build sustainable organizations, communities, and societies in an age of global interdependence.

The doctoral program immerses students in two years of coursework, consisting of on-campus residencies and online courses, followed by typically two years of individual work on the dissertation.  The program currently admits about 12 students each in two intakes per year.  The program received highly positive evaluations during its first five-year external review in 2015.

Candidates should have a strong applied interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary focus in their own work and fit well into a faculty and student body of scholar-practitioners.  Royal Roads University is committed to providing a student-focused environment and places great value on interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Doctor of Social Sciences program and its structure prior to applying.

Qualifications:
Doctorate in social science field(s) of inquiry thematically relevant to Royal Roads University
Primary expertise in applied quantitative research methods
Active scholarly record, including peer-reviewed publications, within last 5 years
Experience in designing and teaching quantitative methods courses
Experience in supervising graduate students
Experience in designing and teaching online courses
Philosophically supportive of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary work focused on the social sciences
Experience in teaching students who are working professionals/practitioners (preferred)
Applied research experience as a social science practitioner (preferred)

Application submission information:
In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience. This is an initial five-year appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs.

The competition will begin on January 31, 2017 and the review of materials received will commence on February 28, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.  The anticipated start date is October 1, 2017.

Royal Roads University & Cultural Identity 2016

I spent July, August and September 2016 teaching a graduate seminar at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, Canada, as part of their Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication (MAIIC) for the second time (the first time was described a year ago). The course was Contemporary Issues in Communication: Cultural Identity. The 39 students came from China, Nigeria, India, France, Senegal/France, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Jordan, Brazil, the US, and Canada.

Near the end of the course, there was a banquet for students in the program, and many photos were taken, including one with those faculty, staff and administrators who were present. We took another the last day of class. None of these includes everyone.

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Students worked on a major course project on the social construction of migration in the public sphere. Each one looked at a different part of the story – I hope to upload some of their results in later posts.

While at RRU, I arranged for an intern for CID, Min He. She started her work as Assistant to the Director on October 3, 2016.

I also was asked to supervise a doctoral dissertation in Interdisciplinary Studies, and have started working with Liton Furukawa on her project. An international student herself, she will examine the transition international students make after graduation (when Canada offers them a 3 year residency permit) to being international workers.

My thanks to Juana Du, program head of the MAIIC, for again inviting me to her beautiful campus to work with an incredible group of students!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
intercult.dialogue[at]gmail.com

Royal Roads University job ad: Leadership Studies (Canada)

Royal Roads University is seeking applications for the position of Faculty Member in the School of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Social and Applied Science, at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, based on qualifications and experience. Reporting to the School Director, as a full-time Faculty Member you will be invited to contribute to all aspects of the School, with a particular focus on the Master of Arts in Global Leadership (MAGL). Launched in 2015, the MAGL program engages students in intensive on-campus residencies, online delivery of courses, international field excursions, and applied capstone projects.

The MAGL program is focused on theoretical and applied approaches to the understanding and practice of leadership in a global context for the NGO and social purpose sector. MAGL courses develop competencies in areas of personal leadership, cross-cultural communication, systems thinking, team facilitation, strategic decision making, public administration, community development, conflict resolution, and more. The program offers a holistic, transdisciplinary, approach to learning leadership.

The ideal candidate is a scholar-practitioner who brings informed professional practice, international and intercultural experiences, research accomplishments in multicultural or international contexts, and academic scholarship in graduate level course topics pertinent to the MAGL Program.

In the School of Leadership Studies, we believe that effective leadership can transform people, organizations, and communities. We embrace a theory of change that directly links leadership to learning and inquiry. Our vision is to connect scholarship with practice to change the world, one leader at a time. We use a co-teaching model to provide authentic, challenging, collaborative, and engaging learning experiences through our leadership programs and our research initiatives.

Our outcomes-based graduate-level programs have been honed over the years to continually deliver relevant leadership education that is practical and grounded in scholarship. We are a dedicated group of faculty and staff members who are passionate about learning and committed to our students getting the most from their leadership journeys. We also strive to incorporate emerging, innovative, and values-based leadership theories, research, and practices into our educational programming.

Core faculty members are expected to teach several courses a year, both face to face and via Moodle. This often includes course revisions and curriculum development work. RRU faculty members are expected to develop and engage in their own research and inquiry, resulting in publication and conference presentations. You will also have responsibilities in educational administration, including adjudicating applications into School programs and participating in a range of service activities in the School and across the University. You will be expected to take on additional roles, such as Program Head and becoming a member of the Research Ethics Board.

Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will possess:
*Doctoral degree in a field related to global leadership (e.g., Human Development and Organizational Systems, Public Administration, International Development, Community Development)
*Professional/applied leadership experience in global contexts
*Willingness and ability to take on significant academic administrative duties in a fast-paced environment
*Record of applied social research and familiarity with collaborative, action-oriented approaches to research
*Understanding of research ethics for applied student research in a range of organizations
*Demonstrated teaching excellence at the graduate level in a field related to global leadership, in face to face and online environments
*Experience in designing and delivering online instruction
*Experience in the integration and use of experiential, adult learning principles in curriculum design, delivery, and assessment, particularly at the graduate level
*Ability to work effectively in team-based course delivery
*Experience in facilitating and evaluating practice-based learning outcomes
*Ability to work within a transdisciplinary curriculum
*Experience in and understanding of organizational and community leadership and organizational or community change
*Experience in supervision of graduate students
*Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member with a variety of teams and stakeholder groups

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience.  This is an initial five-year appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs.

The competition began on July 11, 2016 and the review of materials received will commence on September 20, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

To apply please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy (preferably in one document and PDF format) to:
rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca with a subject line of:
16-054-F0159 – Last name, First name
Or mail to: Human Resources – Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570
Tel:  (250) 391-2511

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word, Adobe PDF, or text format.

Royal Roads University job ad (Canada)

Program Coordinator
School of Humanitarian Studies
Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada
Closing date: Monday, July 11, 2016 – 17:00

As the Program Coordinator for the School of Humanitarian Studies, you will play a major role in implementing the School’s strategic plan.  You will be expected to be well versed in the practical aspects of the School’s focus and be responsible for helping establish and maintain administrative processes, and assist with the development of School guidelines and procedures consistent with University objectives.  You will need to be an independent self-starter who is able to help administer the School’s programs and interact with the various internal and external stakeholders at RRU.  As well, as the Program Coordinator you may be a prime contact for requests for information from School staff, faculty (core and associate), students (prospective, current and alumni) and the University support areas on a daily basis for designated programs.

You will work with the School Manager to provide administrative leadership, ensuring that the planned programs and activities in the School are effectively managed to support the achievement of the University’s goals.

Qualifications:
To be well suited for this role you will possess the following qualifications and competencies:
This position requires a highly-motivated and self-directed person who can assist in the organization of support staff work processes and workloads, in addition to scheduling independent activities.  Active participation will be required in School meetings and other activities.
• An undergraduate degree or other relevant educational credential (college certificate or diploma) plus 5 years of related experience in the administration of academic programs (or equivalent combination of education and experience)
• Demonstrated financial coordination and contract administration skills and experience; accounting skills are an asset
• Ability to coach/mentor and provide day-to-day direction to program support staff,  and provide support for their recruitment, selection, orientation and training
• Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
• Office management skills and experience, including developing, implementing and monitoring policy and procedures
• Strong verbal and written communication abilities, including editing skills
• Strong interpersonal development and leadership capabilities including  networking and advocacy skills
• Demonstrated conflict resolution and team building skills; ability to maintain a professional attitude, acting with tact and diplomacy under pressure
• Knowledge and understanding of the University’s requirements,  methods, culture and processes, or a willingness to learn them within a reasonable amount of time, as well as knowledge or experience in continuing education and adult learning principles
• Strong technical background in the use of software programs  such as Microsoft Office suite of programs as well as other RRU systems (e.g., Agresso, our event planning software)
• Solid analytical, critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
• Ability to work flexible hours on a pre-planned basis, including evening and weekend hours. Ability to travel to domestic and international locations as required by program
• Experience working with social media as a business tool as well as  webpage design and management would be an asset

This is a regular full-time position working 37.5 hours per week.  The position has been evaluated at Grade 3 and the recruitment range starts at $42,864.00 per annum.  The University is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package.

Application submission information:
To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to: rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca with a subject line of: 16-051-P0124 – Last name, First name
or mail to:
Human Resources – Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax:  (250) 391-2570
Tel:  (250) 391-2511
The competition began on June 16, 2015 and will close on July 11, 2016; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe PDF format.

Cultural Identity at Royal Roads University

Across August, September, and October of 2015, I taught a graduate seminar at Royal Roads University, located in Victoria, BC, Canada, as part of their Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication (MAIIC). The course was Contemporary Issues in Communication: Cultural Identity. The 38 students enrolled were quite international, as they came from China, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Barbados, and Canada.

On the last day of class, several students asked for photos, so here’s one, although not everyone was present at the time. Imagine another dozen added to the group.

IICS 638 class photo 2015

Students prepared small papers on their own linguistic repertoires, examined the ways in which living rooms can display cultural identity, prepared group presentations on case studies about cultural identity. Their major assignments were either applied group projects, or individual papers. The group projects included:

• Hosting an intercultural competence workshop for students in the Pre-Masters Program at RRU
• Designing a brochure for Hainan Drive Travel Association to give to Chinese tourists to Victoria
• Preparing a videotape in collaboration with Indigenous Education & Student Services at RRU about the Lklungen (Songhees) Nation for their own use in public presentations
• Preparing a videotape documenting differences between Chinese dialects for use in teaching Chinese to English speakers
• Creating pre-departure orientation materials for the Office of Global Advancement to use in preparing students, staff and faculty for a trip to Ecuador.

While at RRU, I was asked to participate in a public conversation, Communication Matters: Immigration from an Intercultural Communication Perspective. Dr. Juana Du, program head of the on-campus version of the MAIIC, served as host. Other participants were Lisa Selvey and Jingya (Celine) Yang, two students from the course. Follow the link to get to the video, which is now available on YouTube.

One of the highlights of my time at RRU was being able to watch Tom LaFortune carve a totem pole for the campus, and then attending the unveiling ceremony.

I posted last year about the beautiful campus, but this time I lived on campus, with peacocks in the front yard and deer in the backyard, a Japanese garden, and 650 acres of trails available for exploration. A few new photos follow. My thanks to Professor Du for inviting me to her beautiful campus to work with a fascinating group of students!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

p.s. In November, Crossroads, the RRU internal publication, just posted a notice about one of the student projects in the course.

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Royal Roads University job ad (Canada)

This is a newly created regular full-time position.

Director, Communications and Community Relations
Royal Roads University

Royal Roads University, located just minutes from downtown Victoria, British Columbia and situated amongst old growth forest and awe inspiring ocean and mountain views, is the only public university in Canada created solely to address the knowledge needs of the global economy and the BC labour market through applied and professional programs – our flexible, innovative learning model is integral to our success.

Our organizational vision is to connect people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world. Strategic communications is a key support function to achieving this vision by managing the institutional reputation, enhancing its relevance and by strengthening relationships to expand influence and create partnerships.

Responding successfully to meet the changing needs of the post-secondary landscape has afforded Royal Roads University (RRU) continued growth opportunities. As we continue to move forward in our 20th year of business we are seeking a proven and experienced communications and community relations professional who will be a strategic facilitator for the VP, Communications and Advancement and the Executive. In executing this role you will integrate annual and multi-year initiatives and tactics across several, mutually-supporting functions (stakeholder & government relations, media relations, executive services, institutional communications). Additionally, you will ensure the strategic positioning of RRU’s messaging, guided by the need to convene public trust, regulatory compliance and Ministry policy.

In leading the Communications unit you will be operationally accountable for: linking organizational strategy and communications; building and maintaining trust and performance across relationships within the functional scope (government relations, community, media); and leveraging and managing communication opportunities and challenges with the digital evolution and social web.

To be well suited to the role you will possess the following qualifications and competencies:
• A graduate degree or equivalent in communications, public relations or a related field plus five to seven years of relevant experience, preferably for an educational institution.
• Five years of related senior professional communications and public/government relations experience.
• Superior oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated success in developing and implementing communications and stakeholder relations plans.
• Successful track record of building positive stakeholder relations, including media relations.
• Proven planning, performance management, budgeting and supervisory skills.
• Independent initiative, sound judgment and strategic decision-making abilities.
• Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines and deal with a high degree of organizational complexity.
• Demonstrated leadership and teamwork skills
• Highly collaborative, ability to work consensually with cross functional teams representing various schools and departments
• Ability to work on a number of different initiatives concurrently.
• Understanding of and respect for the values and culture of a university environment.
• Proven ability to independently set and accomplish goals, establish priorities and meet deadlines with minimal direction.
• Excellent financial management and administration skills.

Royal Roads University is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, thereby making us more compassionate human beings and strengthening the fabric of our communities. Experience working in diverse settings is essential to this position.

In addition to a collegial learning community, Royal Roads University offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary based on qualifications and experience and participation in the College Pension Plan.

To apply please forward your cover letter and curriculum vitae (preferably in electronic format) to:
Email: rru-career-opportunities@royalroads.ca
Competition # 15-107-M0151
or
Human Resources – Career Opportunities
Royal Roads University
2005 Sooke Road
Victoria, BC   V9B 5Y2
Fax: (250) 391-2570 Tel: (250) 391-2511

The competition will begin on September 1, 2015 and review of interest received will commence on September 21, 2015; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates short-listed for further consideration will be contacted. RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.

If you are sending your application via e-mail, please ensure that your electronic file is saved in MS Word or Adobe format.

Royal Roads University job ad (Canada)

Faculty, School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada
Closing Date: Sun, 08/30/2015 – 5pm
Status: Ongoing
Five-year initial term
Posting status: Open
This is a replacement position.

Royal Roads University invites your interest in a 5 year probationary Faculty appointment at the rank of assistant, associate or full professor within our School of Communication and Culture in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences.  As a full-time core faculty member, you will play a key role in the delivery of the school’s Communication programs.

The School of Communication and Culture offers three degrees in communication studies which are focused on the theory and practice of professional communication in a wide range of contexts including media, organizational and intercultural.  We focus on developing critical, creative, professionals through our educational approach.  See our website for more details.

Our ideal candidate is passionate about helping others achieve their academic goals. They will have demonstrated teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of professional communication studies, an ability to work as a team member within an interdisciplinary, outcomes-based curriculum, and administrative experience and abilities preferably in a University academic setting.

Royal Roads University is committed to appreciating and celebrating the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. We strive to increase understanding and acceptance of each other, thereby making us more compassionate human beings and strengthening the fabric of our communities. Experience working in diverse settings is essential to this position.

To be considered, candidates will possess:
• Doctorate or ABD in Communication
• Demonstrated teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate level in the field of Professional Communication
• Administrative experience in leading a program including the ability to recruit, develop and support instructors, address issues from students, monitor the day to day delivery of courses, participate in program planning and reviews, attend program events, liaise with university departments, and lead program development and marketing.
• Experience with applied and action research methods
• Graduate student supervision experience and an understanding of the ethical requirements of graduate research
• Familiarity with online and face-to-face course design and delivery
• Experience in the integration and application of adult learning principles in course design and delivery
• Literacy in online and communication technologies as well as media production • Experience in the communication sector, and ability to develop networks in the field, both locally and globally
• A developed program of research with an emphasis on practical applications
• Demonstrated ability to work collegially as a team member with a variety of teams and stakeholder groups across the university (faculty, sessional faculty, practitioners, University staff, and management)
• Demonstrated experience in an outcomes-based and interdisciplinary learning environment (preferred)

In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience.

To apply please forward your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a statement of teaching philosophy (preferably in electronic format).
Competition #15-072

The competition will begin on July 2, 2015. Review of applications will begin August 30, 2015; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.

While Royal Roads University values all applications we receive, only those candidates chosen for further consideration will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide the names and contact information for three referees, and to arrange for the forwarding of degree transcripts directly from the granting institutions.

RRU is an equal opportunity employer, committed to the principle of equity in employment.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority consideration.